The first Writers Corner of the academic year was a success, with nine students and three faculty writers presenting 25 original works.

Grace Nightingale performs at Writers Corner

Photo by Jenna Nichols/Cowley College

Arkansas City High School and Cowley College student Grace Nightingale performs an original work at the recent Writers Corner event.

The event is hosted each semester by the students in the creative writing program at Cowley College.

“We had a really nice crowd, with quite a lot of community and family support, for our first Writers Corner,” said humanities and communications department chair Marlys Cervantes, the director of the program. “This group obviously has people in their lives who are interested in their writing and their goals.”

Students presenting works were Connor Baxter, Abbey Ferris, Grayson Gorday, Hannah Lyles, Grace Nightingale, J.C. Pappan, Jayla Williams, Bronte Young and Jocelyn Young.

Both Baxter and Jocelyn Young are taking classes on the Mulvane campus this semester, while Lyles splits her time between the two campuses.

Nightingale is a concurrent high school student at Arkansas City High School.

Faculty members who presented were Cervantes, Ryan Doom and Kyle Hays.

“It was hard for many of these students to choose what they would present because they already have a very solid collection of writing,” Cervantes said when asked about the works presented.

“I am so proud of their courage to share these pieces with others.”

The next writers’ event will be a student showcase at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Earle N. Wright Community Room in Cowley College’s Brown Center.

Anyone interested in the creative writing program should contact Cervantes at or (620) 441-5560.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.